Here's a look at the records obliterated by the 2017 wildfires:
The costliest in US history
Damage estimates from the 2017 wildfires topped $10 billion, said Adam Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that was before devastating wildfires tore through Southern California in December.
The most acres burned in California in the last 5 years
For the past five years, wildfires scorched an average of 202,751 acres from January 1 through December 24, according to state fire protection agency Cal Fire
. That number doubled in 2017. More than 505,900 acres have gone up in flames
so far in California. That's triple the area of Chicago.
The worst for air pollution in the Bay Area
The October wildfires in Northern California caused "unprecedented levels of air pollution throughout the Bay Area," air quality officials